This weekly column is supplied by Te Ipukarea Society. It deals with environmental and conservation matters of concern to the Cook Islands.
The investigation into Ministry of Marine Resources secretary Ben Ponia is about his conduct and has nothing to do with stealing, dishonesty or corruption, says Public Service Commissioner Russell Thomas.
To better manage environmental information, the Cook Islands National Environment Service (NES) has introduced a new portal that can store and share datasets, reports, images and other files that examine current environmental conditions.
Te Ipukarea Society is a member of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), and is currently the only member in the Cook Islands.
Te Ipukarea Society’s project officer Alanna Smith has worked on two projects with school students on Mangaia recently as well as starting a sea bird survey project on the island.
Since the start of the 2018 school year, Avarua Primary School pupils have been engaged in a flurry of activity studying the topic of climate change.